Thursday, August 20, 2009

Dreams


“You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream” C.S. Lewis
Celebrating Sky Watch Friday with hundreds of bloggers from all over the world with their own view of the sky.

Photos from a fabulous visit to Melbourne this week. One of my top 3 favourite cities. Melbourne’s Exhibition building was completed in 1880 while the area was enjoying a gold rush.
The Royal Exhibition Building continues to serve as one of the world's oldest exhibition pavilions and has been included on World Heritage List.

When it was built the Great Hall was the largest building in Australia and the highest building in Melbourne. You can see a lot of the influence of different elements from Byzantine, Romanesque and Italian Renaissance buildings and the dome design was influenced by Brunelleschi’s 15th-century cathedral in Florence.

And mmm mm mm dinner at the Society Restaurant, the d├ęcor and renovations are beautifully crafted. Got to try their Risotto con Gamberoni, prawns, crunchy granny smiths and saffron combination was the tastiest thing we have had in ages.

49 comments:

Maggie Bryant said...

Love looking at your skyline, thanks for visiting Normandy today.
a bientot

Sue McGettigan said...

Fab photos, I love old buildings, and that dinner sounds delicious!

Maya said...

It definitely reminds me of Italy. Beautiful.

Shelia said...

What lovely photos of a lovely area. It's so nice to meet you and hope you'll come back to see me sometimes.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Erin said...

stunning capture...and very much like a florentine scene.
your dinner sounded awesome.

meandering pearl said...

Hello! this makes me remember with fondness all the beauties of that city. i went to school in the city there, i love the library with the green dome! lovely wishes

bobbie said...

Very beautiful photos!

Eric said...

Some nice pitures for SWF here, love the colors, well done!!

Vita Stunder said...

Beautiful shots and I love the quote.

Have a nice weekend!
Anna

Deborah Godin said...

Beautiful peachy-apricot color, and a wonderful backdrop with that dome!

SaraG said...

Great photo's!!
Beautiful buildings too!
Happy SWF

Photo Cache said...

Oh how inspiring is your quote for today. Thanks.

Lovely skyline. I'm curious as to the what other two cities are your faves.

Happy weekend.

JOE TODD said...

Made me feel like I was there

Carol said...

Great photos...Love the light in your first shot...and a beautiful blush in the second....inspiring Lewis quote

Titania said...

It looks beautiful in the evening sun. Melbourne and its Mediterranean connection!

Barb said...

Mandy - You've made me very hungry, and I'm nowhere close to Melbourne! Great sunset, though.

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous shots, beautiful old buildings! And love your words! Together they make such a great post!

Have a lovely weekend!

Sylvia

Dewdrop said...

Looks like a wonderful trip, how magnificent and serene. Great advice!

Lost Aussie said...

Wonderful photo and dinner sounds as if it was to die for!

Tammie Lee said...

Your photos are stunning and your dinner made me ravenous for a great meal.
spirithelpers

Regina said...

Beautiful golden glow.
Great skies and nice quote.

J Bar said...

Fabulous.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

April said...

Very lovely glow on the exhibition building and in the sky! Beautiful photos!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Pearl: That second shot of the sky with the dome is really neat. Thyanks for sharing your Melbourne trip.

Ann said...

I thought that top one was somewhere in Europe until I read the text.

Arija said...

Mandy are you sure about its being the highest building in Melbourne? Higher than St. Pat's?
The Exhibitions buildings certinly brings up memories of shaky kneen sitting my matric. exams there and late at uni. going to a formal and dancing with the Governor, ah yes, those were the days...

david mcmahon said...

I just wish I had the time to visit your site every day. Your images, as I've always said, are so very compelling.

I wonder if you've ever taken a look around redbubble.com

Your work would look so good on their site ....

Alison Gibbs said...

Great sky photo showcasing the beautiful city of melbourne,
Alison

Quilly Unshuttered said...

You make your lighting work for you. that building shot is lovely and the sunset is exquisite.

SandyCarlson said...

Just gorgeous. What an excellent integration of styles.

fourwindsphotojournal said...

The building is beautiful, inside and out. I love that quote, too. In fact, I am sending this address to my husband who will be starting a new life phrase in another year or so.

Sounds like you had a very nice visit to the city.

I'm Julia said...

The light on the building... stunning shot.

Robynn's Ravings said...

Congratulations on Post of the Day!! Love the skies!

Maria said...

Sounds like a wonderful day spent in Melbourne ~ your dinner sounded scrumptious ! Maria

Light and Voices said...

Love the quote. Lighting on building is divine.
jfm

Florida Sue said...

It's wonderful..I just clicked on a pic of the Westgarth fountain. Amazing. Are you from St. John NB? My family lived close to Fundy National Park. You have traveled far. Thanks for your sweet words.

Anna said...

Stunning sky watch view, and congrats on the POD at David's blog. Anna :)

Julie@beingRUBY said...

The domes are glorious. But I also like the artwork and chandeliers!!
Have a great weekend.

Namnet said...

Beautiful pictures. So peaceful and tranquil. Love them as well as the quote.
Happy skywatching:-)

Smitten Kitten said...

I love the decor (and especially the chandeliers) in the Society Restaurant picture! Thanks for stopping by my blog and I'll be sure to check in for some more amazing skylines.

Beach Vintage said...

I adore Melbourne. Try to get there at least once a year.

Genevieve said...

Beautiful photos as usual!
How the heck are you ????
I got my oldest back in school today tand the 4 year old and I do not now what to do with ourselves hehe!Have great week!
Great quote also andc very timely for me at the moment!
"see" you soon!

Brian Miller said...

you capture beauty so well in your pictures...

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Beautiful skyline images you've shared!

Big Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

jeanne @ Inspiring Ideas said...

Oh - my mouth is watering! Not to mention the beautiful location! Wonderful!

carolyn peeler said...

so pretty :)

Carolyn said...

Beautiful!!!

Carolyn

Kilauea Poetry said...

These are a great selection of photos as well as being interesting. I like the decor in that restaurant..the black with the lights..ooo! Have a great weekend- Oh, and I also like your C.S.Lewis quote- perfect for your post-

Postcards from Wildwood said...

Beautiful images. Melbourne is one of the places on my wishlist! And I love the CS Lewis quote!
Janice.